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Ofsted new framework and Computer Studies?

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by dalersmith, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. dalersmith

    dalersmith Occasional commenter

    Hi all,
    Yesterday I read the Ofsted "Curriculum research: assessing intent, implementation and impact" report, along with the commentary from Amanda Spielman. I was particularly interested in what they had to say about the differences between say curriculum for core subjects and foundation, with a definite focus on Computing in key stage 3. Imagine my surprise to find that Computing was not mentioned as a foundation subject in its own right but lumped with technology and renamed Computer Studies (very 1980s). Have there been changes that I have not been made aware of?
  2. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    The "Curriculum research: assessing intent" document is a general approach to how OFSTED will judge schools. It is not intended to give specific subject judgement criteria although it does give a rubric for grading each subject.

    Computing has never been a foundation subject.

    OFSTED does not define what is taught in schools. OFSTED inspects schools to ensure they are teaching what they are supposed to be teaching.

    A suspicious person prone to believing conspiracy theories could conclude that computing is being slowly removed from the curriculum. Less than 50% of English schools have a computing qualification in year 11 now. Since the coursework cheating was outlawed, ECDL loophole closed and exam boards ( influenced by university professors who have never taught a mixed ability class in their lives) made the exams hard, computing is being marginalised as it represents poor return in terms of league table points for the investment required to run the subject.

    My own personal experience of computing in english schools is that it is generally taught badly by non-subject specialists thus ensuring poor exam results thus ensuring it's own demise.
  3. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    It is a foundation subject (see point 3.5)

    In which case there's more importance that OFSTED are checking that Computing in particular is being taught well up to at least KS3.

    I agree it was rather rushed being brought in. I'm interested to see how the really ambitious NCCE is going to fair in improving this.
  4. moscowbore

    moscowbore Star commenter

    I have been through a few OFSTEDs in recent years. They have all ignored the provision of computing. Schools paid lip service to providing computing but not much in the way of qualified teachers or properly maintained hardware.

    Computing is compulsory but there is no definition of what computing is. Most schools do not attempt to teach programming in ks3. They sit students in front of scratch and call it programming. Token gesture because they will not hire computing teachers. Schools want to go back to the days of ICT where anyone could teach it and schools could cheat on coursework.

    In my experience, OFSTED do not check that computing is taught well up to ks3.
  5. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    I agree with you @moscowbore - it's not checked in KS1 and 2 as well (along with a most other foundation subjects). They should be though.
  6. dalersmith

    dalersmith Occasional commenter

    I have just completed reading the research document fully the bit that would actually support @moscowbore is the following:
    "On each visit, inspectors led four subject meetings across the day. Each meeting was scheduled to take 50 minutes. Subjects were grouped so that the inspector was able to review a range of subject types, for example a core subject, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subject, the humanities and the arts."
    So if the do English as the core, what is the likelihood of doing either Maths or a Science in the STEM group rather than technology, where computing resides.

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